Kurt Moses

Kurt Moses takes fine art photographs of small figurines in our every day environment. The project of Un Petit Mode was created by himself and his wife, Edwige in 2010 in order to ‘capture a whimsical, evocative photo which indicates a storyline allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusion.’ They create all the scenes while travelling, including on beaches, New York City, Florida and even travelling to Death Valley, N.P. Husband and wife manipulate figurines in order to get them in the best position, ready for the camera. The photos are normally taken with a fish-eye lens in order to gain the largest amount of detail, background and general surroundings possible. Their work is also very weather dependent, and on their blog, mentioned that the weather has halted their progress of the shoots a few times! Their work is full of intricacy and delicacy, within the every day bustling environment in America.

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Vincent Bousserez

Vincent Bousserez is a photographer who lives and works in Paris, photographing the Plastic Life scenarios. These began as a small entertainment, but then became prints around the galleries of Europe. The photographs of tiny people range from poetic vignettes to witty, barbed comments on human vices. They each contain small colourful plastic figures, often interacting with the human body, such as shaving, climbing, or discovering. Each photograph has a limited edition print, with many prints being sold out.

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Slinkachu has travelled the world and left his mark in each place by leaving small figurines and sculptures. This all began in 2006, with the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters. These figures are then set in place, photographed, and left, as an installation project and photography project. On the website, it states; “The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through photography and the titles I give these scenes, aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lose and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.” The works also often involve items that are already in the environment, such as a broken pillar, cracks in walls, bin bags and even orange peels. the comparison of these miniature figurines against the real world objects, puts into perspective how big humans are, and how small things can really be, and how easily we can miss these small things.

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Matthew Albanese

Matthew Albanese creates beautiful outdoor scenes, photographed from the tabletop of his studio. These landscapes can include things such as cotton wool, parsley, moss, glitter, garbage bags, and many other things that you can find in the average home. Each scene is made with extreme care and caution, and when photographed, appear realistic. Some pieces, such as the ‘Everything We Ever Were’ piece, took two months, as Matthew had to store up enough fireplace ash to create the lunar landscape. All this comes from the inspiration and fascination of film, special effects and movie magic, and especially the mechanisms behind these illusions. The ‘accidental’ beginning of the lifetime landscape project came about when, in 2008, a spilled canister of paprika inspired him to create his first mini Mars landscape.

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Christopher Boffoli

Christopher Boffoli is a largely self-taught, fine art, commercial and editorial photographer. He began making art at an early age but only began to work with photography after receiving a camera for his birthday. His work includes editorial and documentary travel photography, but is most well known for the Big Appetites works, which features tiny figures posed against real food landscapes. These were inspired by the media that he was exposed to as a child as there were “many films and television shows that exploited both the dramatic and comedy potential of a juxtaposition of different scales: tiny-people in a normal-sized world.” Using every day objects along with every day foods, contrasting against Lilliputian dolls (sourced from Europe), he has been able to create scenes looking onto this miniature world.

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William Kass

William Kass is a photographer who plays with his food, to create small intricate scenes in the viewpoint of life as experienced by miniature little people. He uses small, plastic toy figures with that of food and other everyday, home items, including that of spoons, cocktail sticks and cocktail umbrellas. An orange can become a juicy, sparkling pool, chilli peppers turn into bonfires, and a zucchini becomes a cannon in a circus show. There are also scenes in which a group of men go fishing for large sashimi, an ear of corn becomes an obstacle to climb, and a bunch of green grapes are transformed into a glamorous stage for a dramatic performance. Kass uses the viewpoint from the frame of his camera in order to set up his miniature scenes, and to continue with the viewpoint of the miniature people.

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Nic Joly

Nic Joly creates small scenes using miniature figures. This began as a hobby for Nic and has turned into a passion for sculpting, whereupon he creates figuring from paper, wire and clay.

These frames allow the viewer to feel as though they are peering through the winder of a stranger’s life. The figures themselves are smaller than three centimetres, but are all individually detailed with a hint of intimacy.

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Mini Models

There are many miniature models that people own and use throughout the world, including that of miniature train sets and miniature Lego models. Since a young child, I have often played with dolls, in particular Barbies and Polly Pockets. This then transformed into that of Lego sets, where I love to create small ‘dream’ houses. I then moved onto sets such as that of the Eiffel Tower and Tower Bridge – sets that I still have to this day (one of the memories attached to this, is building it in a record time of 7.5 hours). This sparked the idea of looking at Lego sets that are particularly designed to be 1:300 scale, such as that of the Eiffel Tower, and also train sets, that use a similar scale.

One track mind: Train lover builds Britain’s largest indoor model railway which is 3,000ft long, has 28 trains and features scenes from around the world

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Small People Films

There are film that include small people, or small figurines. These are often animated, or layered as these would not be possible in real life. Many of these films were derived from book and these films include; *no spoilers*

  • The Borrowers (1997)

Based off of the Mary Norton book, The Borrowers watches a family who live in the walls of a house, and are able to fit through the mouse hole in the wall. This is a proportioned movie.

  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

An animation of a four inch family who live anonymously in another family’s residence, taking small things in order to build their home. When their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered, life changes for the family.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit is a movie series that I have grown up with over the past few years, and is of the infamous Bilbo Baggins, and his adventure away from Hobbiton. They filmed this by filming the first part of all the hobbits and dwarves, and then using a different stage in order to film the part for Gandalf.

  • Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

Washed ashore a never-seen before island, Gulliver became a God to the miniature people. This was derived from the book, written by Jonathan Swift, and became a film in 2010. This, like the Hobbit series, were filmed in separate parts in order to create the ‘miniature’ theme.

  • Night at the Museum (2006, 2009, 2014)

This film has many characters that come to life at night in the museum, but the small characters are what I concentrated on. These two, Octavius and Jeddiah have a strange relationship between them, especially seeing as the are a Roman and a cowboy. They are also a laugh to watch, and are an inspiration.

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Michaël Borremans

Michaël Borremans is an artist of many mediums including drawings, paintings, and films, some of which have out of proportion characters within them. There is a theatrical dimension to his work as they look “highly staged and ambiguous, just as his complex and open-ended scenes lend themselves to conflicting moods – at once nostalgic, darkly comical, disturbing, and grotesque.

The out of proportion pieces that he makes, looks at giant children and tiny adults. Looking further into his work, Borremans also paints highly detailed figures.

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